Two decades ago when we organised the very first MUDSA dinner, we were thrilled when 110 people turned up to see Sir Alex Ferguson speak.
The original idea was to create an event that, over the years, would grow and become the flagship event of MUDSA’s busy social calendar… and how it’s grown!… But we never envisaged the day when 600 people would attend as they did for this year’s dinner.
Having Ryan Giggs as the star guest helps of course, but because the dinner has grown over the years, we now sell 200+ tickets before members even know who the guest speaker is going to be.
Over the years we’ve had George Best, Denis Law, Sir Bobby Charlton, Bryan Robson, Martin Buchan, Ole, Andy Cole, Gary Neville and of course Sir Alex.
We marked the occasion with Ryan making presentations to Mick Spratt of Wigwam Acoustics who have provided PA systems for us from the beginning and never charged us a penny.
Presentations also went to Christine and Gena, our faithful raffle ladies, who have been selling tickets for us at that table for 18 years.
Almost all the work for the Annual Dinner is carried out by Chas and Shirley Banks and with this being a landmark occasion, the MUDSA Committee organised a surprise for them as well, in the form of an engraved commemorative silver salver and flowers.
Chas said: “We’d like to say a big thank you to the Committee members for organising that surprise for Shirley and I, it really was most appreciated”.
Over all, it was a brilliant night and Ryan was a superb guest and told some great stories.
A big thanks to Mark Jones MC, Wigwam and CSP lighting for providing the AV gear and most of all to the Club for all they do to help us make this special evening happen ever year.